Scary Reads – for Me and the Middle School Crowd

Dragon shadow puppet in the forest

Calling all 'fraidy cats!  I know it's October, traditionally the time when people cuddle up under warm blankets to watch scary movies, read scary books and dress up in scary costumes. If you scare easily, like me, then you know it can also be an unnerving time. Just thinking about some of those gory movies […]

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Hooray for Bilingual Children! ¡Celebremos a los Niños Bilingües!

Source: Cristina, CPL

Are you raising a bilingual child? October is Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month and I'm excited to have a month especially for our children! I want to raise my boys bilingually like I was. Recent studies have shown that being bilingual is extremely beneficial for many reasons. Bilingual children have better cognitive and literacy skills, are better multi-taskers and find […]

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Kids, Are You Staying Safe Online?

Child using an ipad

The Internet is a great tool for school and fun, but it can also be a dangerous and sometimes scary place as well. You may think that you are safe on your computer or mobile device, but you need to be smart about what you do and what you share online. Girls and boys alike can […]

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Cool Kids Practice Fire Safety

Firefighter made of LEGOs

You may know that National Fire Prevention Week was established in 1920 to remember the Great Chicago Fire, but you may not know that the Great Chicago Fire wasn't the only fire happening on October 8, 1871. In Wisconsin, on the very same day, the Peshtigo Fire burned 1.2 million acres becoming the largest and […]

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Play Outside the Box

Source: Cristina, CPL

My children have an infinite amount of toys ranging from small and simple to large and complicated. So which is the best toy? It's always the empty box that provides them endless adventures. Not only is it fun, but it allows them to use their imagination, creativity and most importantly they learn as they play. The next time […]

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When Chicago Burned

On the night of October 8, 1871, in a small barn on DeKoven Street, a fire started. Two days later, 300 people were dead, 100,000 were homeless and 3.3 square miles of Chicago were in ruins. Yet the people of Chicago did not give up; they were determined to rebuild this great city by the […]

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A Taste of Johnny Appleseed’s Legacy

Red apple growing on a tree

Autumn begins with the crunch of leaves under our feet and the crunch of apples between our teeth. Tart cider and juicy, spiced apple desserts are classic American comfort foods, thanks to the legacy of John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed. It is hard to separate fact from fiction when learning about this legend's life. John Chapman told […]

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Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

Banned Books week logo

Thanks to the First Amendment, all people in the United States—even kids—have the right to read whatever they choose.  The First Amendment protects the freedom of all Americans by making sure that the government cannot stop the expression of an idea, even if that idea is unpopular. Sometimes people challenge the right of a library […]

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A Sweet New Year!

apple with bowl of honey

My favorite fall holiday is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. It’s filled with reflection, sounds of the shofar, planning for the new year and best of all, sweet foods for a sweet year. In my house we begin with a celebratory dinner that includes symbolic foods, like round challah, to celebrate the cycle of the year, […]

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Festive Fall Activities

Autumn leaves

I've always loved fall, probably because my birthday is in October. So I'll take any excuse to put on a sweater, pick some Apples and stomp through some crispy leaves. The official first day of autumn is September 22, which means it's time to heat up some apple cider and hunt for the perfect pumpkin to carve. You […]

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